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September 11, 2008

Pablo Picasso: Livres d’Artistes

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"Internationally celebrated as a painter and sculptor, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was also an innovative and prolific printmaker, producing more than 2,500 original etchings, aquatints, lithographs, and relief prints during his long career. Among this remarkable graphic oeuvre are hundreds of prints and illustrations designed specifically for collaborative book projects. Picasso produced images for more than one hundred livres d’artistes—deluxe, limited-edition illustrated books—between 1905 and 1972, the year he turned 91 years old. Selected from the MIA’s extensive permanent collection of graphic art, this exhibition showcases more than a dozen of Picasso’s greatest livres d’artistes, with texts ranging from Aristophanes to Tristan Tzara."

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South

May 24 - November 23, 2008

Face the Nation: How National Identity Shaped Modern Typeface Design


Co-presented by Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the University of St. Thomas, this historical exhibition investigates how the desire to reinforce, redefine or transcend national identities shaped the design of typefaces between 1900 and 1960, an era of two world wars and unprecedented cultural transition; also "the last great era of metal type." The exhibition includes a number of case studies, showing original printed examples, historical curiosities and objects from the printing trade.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Open Book Building
1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415

July 12 through September 21, 2008

For a coordinate web site see http://www.stthomas.edu/facethenation/.